Hindi Hazards

In just a few short weeks, we’ve had our fair share of interesting experiences as we practice Hindi with perfect strangers.  With no comment and in no particular order, here are some typical conversations we’ve had.  (All of the following conversations, unless where otherwise noted, occurred in Hindi.)

Ross

Namaste! I am learning Hindi.  I want to learn to speak very well, but so far I have only learned a little.

Man in the Ironing Shop

Go to school. 

Ross

Namaste! How are you?

Security Guard Carrying Massive Rifle

Namaste! (rattles off at high speed with a large grin.  As he prattles on, smiling widely, he grasps us both by the hands in a hearty handshake.  Massive Rifle waves around wildly.)

Ross

Uh…Well, I’ll be going now.

Mindy

Namaste!  How are you? I’m learning Hindi.

Lady in a Nice Dress

(in English) Well, isn’t that nice.

Mindy

(persisting in Hindi) I want to learn to speak very well, but so far I have only learned a little.

Lady

(persisting in English) Well, you will do just fine.  Practice a little every day.  Where are you from?

Mindy

(exasperated, in Hindi)  I am from America.  My name is Mindy.  This is my husband.

Lady

(smiling still, in English)  Best luck to you.  Have a nice day.

Mindy

(in Hindi to the last) See you later.

Ross

Will you help me learn Hindi?  What is this (pointing to the wire coming out of an A/C unit) called?

Electrician

(slowly, enunciating)  Wires.

Ross

Yes, but in Hindi?

Electrician

Wires.

Ross

And… what is this called?

Electrician

(pointing to each item and carefully pronouncing) Sock-et.  Co-ver.  Switch.  Cable.

Ross

Thank you for your help.

Mindy

(to two children in the park) I’m learning Hindi.  Will you help me?  (The girls nod excitedly.)  Okay, what is this (points to her shawl) called?

Girls

Dupatta.

Mindy

Dupatta.

Girls

No, no.  Dupatta.

Mindy

Dupatta?

Girls

(laughing wildly) No! Dupatta!

Mindy

Dupatta!  (Amidst much giggling, this went on for quite awhile.)

And so the adventures continue!  Of course, they’ve really only just begun!

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One Response to Hindi Hazards

  1. amrold says:

    You guys are hilarious! These things always seem to happen at this time of language learning don’t they? haha! I love you both and miss you guys a lot! ~ Amy Goodwin

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